January 16, 2019
In the past, your only option for replacing teeth was dentures that sat on your gums. They stayed in place with suction – and most likely, some adhesive. Today, though, you have the option of attaching dentures to dental implants. While this tooth replacement offers many benefits, it’s not for everyone.
So how do you decide whether to get dentures or dental implants?
The factors you’ll consider include:
- Procedure required to get them
We’re providing information relating to these factors here. The best way to make a decision, though, is a consultation with our Boone, NC dentist. He’ll examine you to see if you’re a candidate for implants and answer all of your questions. To make an appointment, call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673. In the meantime, see if we’ve answered some of your questions here.
Look at Total Cost of Dentures or Dental Implants
Dental implants will initially cost more than dentures, and insurance often doesn’t cover the cost. Dr. Airey will use the fewest number of implants needed to secure your dentures; in some cases, he can use as few as four implants for a full arch of replacement teeth.
That said, over time implants cost less to maintain than dentures. When dentures are attached to implants, you won’t need adhesive. Depending on the type of dental implant dentures you choose, you won’t need cleaning solutions either.
If you select dentures that only a dentist removes for cleaning, you won’t risk breaking a denture and needing repair. Because implants keep your jawbone from shrinking over time, you won’t need relining or other fit adjustments. You’ll also likely require fewer denture replacements over time.
For a Less Complex Procedure, Choose Conventional Dentures
A typical dental implant procedure does require surgery. After Dr. Airey embeds implants in your jawbone, you may need to wait a few months for them to heal before you get your replacement teeth. But depending on your requirements and your oral health, we may be able to use mini dental implants instead of full-size ones to support your new smile. Placing mini implants takes less time and is a less invasive procedure. In at least some cases, you can get your mini implants and replacement teeth all in one appointment!
It’s Hard to Beat the Convenience of Implants
You can choose dentures that you can remove from implants for cleaning, or you can get dentures that only a dentist removes. Many people like the convenience of fixed dentures; keeping teeth clean is as easy as brushing and flossing. No matter which type of dental implant dentures you get, they’ll stay securely in place without adhesive.
While you can wear conventional dentures overnight, you shouldn’t. Your gums and jaw need a break from the pressure of dentures. Since implants bear the pressure of dental implant dentures, there is no need to give your gums a “break” from them.
Implants Look, Feel & Function Most Like Natural Teeth
Conventional dentures have improved tremendously in recent years. Gone are the days when everyone who saw you smile realized you had “false teeth.” You now enjoy more choices than ever before. That said, conventional dentures sit on your gums while dental implant dentures are attached to implants that Dr. Airey surgically places in your jaw.
In essence, implants function as tooth roots. This means they stay in place without adhesive and won’t slip. You’ll enjoy far greater bite strength since the implants, not your gums, handle chewing force. You’ll be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods without worrying about dislodging your dentures.
Even more important, chewing force will stimulate your jawbone just as it did before you lost your teeth. This doesn’t happen with conventional dentures – and the result is bone loss in your jaw that can give your face a “shrunken” look and make you look older.
Want more information on dentures or dental implants? Dr. Airey can answer all of your questions during a consultation. He’ll also determine whether you can get implants and, if so, which type of implant placement will work best for your smile. Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673 to schedule a consultation in Boone, NC.